Kowalski had just made it to Coney Island. He was now standing right outside Blowhole and Doris's stage. He couldn't help but think:
Should I really be doing this? What if it doesn't work? What if she chooses Blowhole? What if I'm making the biggest mistake of my life?......
What he heard inayofuata made his mind up for him. They were laughing and splashing around. Kowalski hopped up onto the ukuta surrounding the stage and Doris and Blowhole looked up at him. Doris sighed. "What are wewe doing here Kowalski?" Blowhole had a look on his face...a look of recognition... "Don't I know you?" Kowalski didn't know what to say...he hadn't planned what he would say to Blowhole. "Um...I don't think so...." Doris turned to Blowhole. "Where would wewe know him from?"
"I don't know...but that face...that name...it seems like I know him from somewhere..."
"Kowalski....what are wewe doing here?" Doris asked again. Kowalski hesitated...but he knew he had to warn her. If she wasn't going to be with him...by golly she shouldn't go with him.
"Can I speak to wewe alone?" Kowalski asked.
Doris sighed. "Fine. Excuse us Flippy." Kowalski held back a rather girlish snicker. Doris and he went to the other side of the stage. "Will wewe tell me why you're here now? Even though I think I already know the answer..."
"Doris...It's about Bl...I mean...Flippy. He's not the kind of person wewe want to affiliate yourself with..."
"What are wewe talking about? Flippy has been nothing but nice to me."
"You...you don't understand...I--"
"You what? wewe know nothing about him. Look...I know you're just jealous and you're trying to win me over but....I just don't feel the same way. Why do wewe find that so hard to accept?"
"Doris, please, if wewe won't pick me just don't go with Blow...uh..Flippy!"
"And why not? Is there something you're not telling me Kowalski?"
"I...." Kowalski couldn't tell her the real reason. So he lied. "No...but--"
"Then that settles it. I'm sorry Kowalski." Doris swam back to where Blowhole was floating. Kowalski was about to leave sadly when the other three jumped up on the ukuta with a flip. "Kowalski!" Skipper yelled. Kowalski...now frightened...jumped off the wall, the other three chasing him. Skipper flipped in front of Kowalski and stopped him.
"Kowalski! Are wewe mad man?!"
"I'm sorry! But I couldn't--"
"Yes wewe could! wewe disobeyed my orders! We were going to help but no! wewe had to go and almost get yourself caught! C'mon. We can talk zaidi about this at HQ."
The penguins left, Kowalski hanging his head in shame...none of them realizing what Skipper had just done.
Skipper--upon making back to HQ--blew up on Kowalski.
"KOWALSKI! I can't BELIEVE wewe did such a thing! Do wewe realize what could've happened?!?! I'm surprised Blowhole didn't remember everything the sekunde he saw you! And on juu of that...it was RINGTAIL who convinced wewe to do so! wewe should know as well as anybody that his hair-brained ideas NEVER turn out for the better!"
He turned around, rubbing his temples, and leaned against the meza, jedwali on his elbows.
"Save it Kowalski. Just turn in for the night."
Kowalski began to say something, but decided against it. He did as told and lay down in his bunk. So did Private and Rico. However none of them could sleep.
The inayofuata morning, Skipper had cooled off a little. None of them had slept a wink...considering Skipper's outburst. Private, Rico, and especially Kowalski, were all afraid to say anything to him...not knowing what to expect him to say au do. It was Kowalski who finally had the guts to break the awkward silence. He cautiously walked over to Skipper, who was silently sipping his samaki coffee.
"Um...Skipper? I just..I...I really am sorry for what I did." He didn't know what else to say. He really was sorry. Skipper stopped sipping abruptly, still staring off into space. He didn't know what to say to him...especially after he just blew up like that. He put his mug down, still not meeting Kowalski's eye. "No...I'm sorry. I shouldn't have exploded like that. It's just...I wasn't angry...I was afraid...afraid of what might have happened. There's no excuse for my outburst." He finally looked over at Kowalski before finishing. "I'm sorry Kowalski."
Kowalski was taken back...as were the other two. They weren't expecting such an apology from Skipper. Kowalski waddled closer to him. "I'll forgive if wewe will." Kowalski alisema with a sympathetic smile. The corner of Skipper's beak curled into a slight smile as well, and nodded. "Deal." Private smiled and waddled happily over to Skipper and Kowalski and hugged them both. "Yay! Now everything can go back to normal! Right Skipper!?" Skipper chuckled. "Yeah, I guess so. OK, boys! Topside!" Upon command, the three of them went up the hatch onto their island. The zoo had just opened and they began their adorable antics for the guests.